Top 5 Books of 2016

1. A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J Maas

26073150This should come as no surprise. I have raved over this book since the day it came out. It is not only my favorite book of the year but it is my favorite book ever so far and obviously comes from my favorite author. This book was not was I was expecting after ACOTAR at all and that is fine. I have been obsessing over the characters in this book since the day I finished it and I have been waiting for ACOWAR to come out since the day I finished it.

 

2. Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo

22299763-2This book was everything I wanted it to be, even the heart breaking ending. It is no secret that I did not enjoy the Grisha trilogy. I loved how it started but then everything went downhill from there. But the Six of Crows duology is from the same author but one of my favorite series. I love the characters and the way the interact but I also love the heist nature of the story and how everything is always moving so fast and is so exciting.

 

3.  Fangirl | Rainbow Rowell

fangirl-rainbow-rowell-cover-677x1024If Sarah J Maas is my favorite fantasy author, Rainbow Rowell is my favorite contemporary author. It’s hard to compare then because they write such different types of books and Fangirl is so amazing. If you are even remotely a fangirl for anything then you can relate to the character in this book. But even if you don’t have things in common with her characters I find them so easy to read. Even though their lives have hardships it’s in such a real way and it makes the story so moving.

 

4. Empire of Storms | Sarah J Maas

28260587Now I know what you might be thinking, why isn’t this higher up? And it’s not that I didn’t love Empire of Storms. But I loved every book on this list. These were all 5 star books for me this year. Now the reason I put this as 4 is only because it wasn’t my favorite Throne of Glass book. Again, it was great. The scenes with Elide and Lorcan were gold and Manon and Dorian was amazing. Even the little bromance blooming between Dorian and Rowan was heart melting and then of course Aelin was perfect as always. I loved this book but Heir of Fire is still my favorite and Queen of Shadows after that.

 

5. Eleanor and Park | Rainbow Rowell

15745753Ah Eleanor and Park. Again this is another 5 star read so it being last on this list doesn’t mean anything. I loved this book. Now this is the one I was really referring to when I said above “even if you don’t have things in common with her characters I find them so easy to read”. For me Cath is super relatable but that doesn’t mean I don’t love Eleanor and Park. Even though Eleanor is in a horrible situation there is just so much lightness in the way Rowell writes that makes it so heartbreaking but enjoyable to read at the same time. I love how she writes dialogue between her characters and even though this book has a lot of really crushing topics in it, I enjoyed every second of it.

Monthly Obsessions: October

October is gone, just like that. I can’t believe it’s already November! Where did the month go? But anyway, October is over and with that it’s time to move on from this months obsessions.

Book Obsession | Neverfade

16150830.jpgOk so this is not a new book for me. I read this book a while ago, but I found it for $1.50 hardcover this month at the Book Barn and forgot how amazing it was. I flipped through looking for a certain chapter and ended up skimming the entire book again so I’d say I was reobsessed with this book this month.

 

Movie Obsession | How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

tumblr_m28qc874rq1qjfsjdSometime you just need to watch a good romcom. This month my roommates and I watched this one night and it was everything I remembered it being. So good. It’s just such a funny movie but at the same time super cute.

 

TV Show Obsession | Legend of Korra/Avatar

b677099df8694fc55e953071bd8f579a.jpgThe problem right now is none of my shows are on. And then they’re all going to be on at the same time in the spring. However this month for some reason I found myself rewatching a ton of episodes of Legend of Korra, which led to me watching the entire last season of Avatar (last season because Zuko joins the squad and is low key hot). I loved this show as a kid and even in college I watched all the episodes they put out of LoK because it’s just such an awesome concept and done so well.


Music Obsession | 
Seafret

packshotSo this is a repeat from last month, but I’m literally still obsessed with Seafret. I love their music so much and still listen to it no matter what I’m doing: falling asleep, walking to class, sitting in bed, studying, whatever. Favorite songs are still Breathe and Oceans.

 

 

Book Purchase Obsession | Iron Fae Series

I love these books and literally felt like I won the lottery when I found both of them for super cheat at a used book store. Plus with beautiful bright colored spines they look great on the shelf!

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Book Cover Obsession | The Wrath and the Dawn

18798983I bought this book this month (haven’t read it yet) and just think it’s so stunning. It is such a beautiful color and the design on the front with the picture underneath is so gorgeous.

 

 

Food Obsession | Apple Cider

6e5cc182e4a9532778b15b7f9c5cf720.jpgIt was October so naturally I’ve been eating all the fall treats. And I bought myself a gallon of cider while apple picking. I bought it thinking I’d share with my roommates but I pretty much drank the entire gallon by myself because it’s sooooo good.

 

Other Obsession | Bookstagram

Yes this is still a big obsession for me. I’m still relatively new at it but I’m having so much fun getting into the monthly challenges they have.

 

What were you obsessed with this month?

Thanks for Reading

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Weekly Playlist

So it’s Sunday which means another weekly playlist post. Except my playlist is EXACTLY the same as it was last week. I have been listening to the same 14 Seafret songs on repeat. They are the only songs I’ve listened to for over a week. I listen to them while I sleep, while I walk around campus, in the shower, when I’m reading, when I’m sitting in my room, cooking food, basically ALL THE TIME.

So with that said you can see the list of songs from last week here, but other than that go listen to Seafret and become obsessed like me!

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Thanks for Reading

-maggie

This Weeks’s Playlist

For songs so far this week I’ve been jamming to:

1.Cherry Wine by Hozier- I can listen to this song on repeat for hours

2. My “Irish” Playlist, which is made up or Irish Folk Music. I know weird, but I love it. It includes hits by Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers. I’ll just tell you the top songs I’ve been listening to from a playlist of 27 songs.

  1.  Mick McGuire by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem
  2. Dublin City Live Version of Whiskey in the Jar and The Wild Rover by Luke Kelly
  3. The Wind that Shakes the Barley Tree by The Irish Chieftains
  4. Jolly Tinkerer by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem
  5. Rising of the Moon by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem

3. All I Ask by Adele

4. The Story by Sarah Simmons (cover from the Voice)

5. Let Me In by Grouplove

6. Out of the Woods by Taylor Swift

I realize I have some repeats from last week but when I get a new song I like I will listen to it on repeat for months.